Best restaurants in Bogotá Region

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    Andrés Carne de Res

    This legendary steakhouse blows everyone – even repeat visitors – away with its all-out fun atmosphere. The 75-page menu of classics like arepas (corn cakes) and ceviches, and pages of succulent steaks (some portioned to serve as many as seven) is totally overwhelming; al trapo (chargrilled beef tenderloin) is recommended if you need some help narrowing things down. Andrés has really ramped up its food quality of late – it crashed into the coveted San Pellegrino and Acqua Panna Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants list in 2017, ranking 49th – but it's the surreal decor and design gimmicks that truly fascinate. For most visitors, it’s less a meal than a leave-the-watch-at-home extravaganza of late-night rumba – staff will get you onto the dance floor if you resist joining in – that will leave you dazed and wondering what the hell happened last night. The catch is that it’s out of town: in Chía, 23km north of Bogotá towards Zipaquirá. An Uber runs COP$30,000 to COP$50,000; don't use the restaurant's highly overpriced taxi service.

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    Leo

    Chef Leo Espinosa is the culinary priestess for innovative Colombian fine dining. Her epic 12-course tasting menu (COP$210,000) paired with wine and artisanal beverages (COP$280,000) is a belt-loosening, multihour journey through exotic regional ingredients, many of which are ignored by most Colombian kitchens. A meal here is revelatory, with bold colors and striking flavors unlike those of anything previously plated. In 2018 Leo crept into the prestigious World's Best Restaurants list (sponsored by Restaurant magazine) at No 99, the only Colombian restaurant to do so.

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    Mini-Mal

    You'll be hard-pressed to find a more creative Colombian menu than at this excellent Chapinero Alto hot spot, which has resurrected some of the country's more interesting regional ingredients – sustainably sourced and fiercely artisan – and breathed new life into contemporary Colombian cuisine. The menu is an intriguing triumvirate of Caribbean, Altiplano and jungle-sourced food. Count on beef braised with tucupí (a spicy, adobo -like sauce derived from poisonous yuca root, enhanced with chilies and ants); chicken sautéed with chicha (fermented corn hooch) and raw sugar glaze; and wild mushrooms with coastal cheese and nasturtium pesto – it's all outstanding and totally without precedent. Save room for the delectably moist cornbread cake with guava sauce.

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    Prudencia

    This doozy of dining and design is run by Colombian-American husband-and-wife team Mario and Meghan. The sunlit canopy, an unorthodox marriage of bamboo and steel designed by noted architect Simón Vélez, is a striking setting for the weekly changing four-course menus (vegetarian or non), forged with local ingredients and an often wood-fired international flair. Menus are never repeated, but vegetarian dishes have included wood-braised fennel and zucchini with saffron and tomato, polenta and fresh-cured buffalo mozzarella; proteins have ranged from Jamaican-spiced pulled pork to pastrami rib-eye steaks. Desserts, such as the one combining white-chocolate mousse, organic honey and peanut butter, leave the sweetest of aftertastes.

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    Canasto Picnic Bistró

    This artistically driven and sustainably minded bistro near Parque El Virrey is all the rage in the city. Breakfast items like avocado toast with smoked trout and a long and colorful list of organic egg dishes are perfectly accompanied by strong espresso served in gorgeous blue ceramic cups from Chía's Santa Paloma. As the day wears on, the vegan- and vegetarian-minded menu covers couscous and quinoa-based salads, wonderful sandwiches and heartier mains. The potted-plant-strewn patio is a see-and-be-seen venue for Bogotá's bold, beautiful and breakfast-minded set.

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    Abasto

    Make a pilgrimage to Usaquén to indulge in the creative breakfasts and delectable mains and desserts at this rustic-trendy restaurant. Inventive arepas (corn cakes) and seriously good egg dishes such as migas (scrambled eggs with bits of arepas and hogao, a concoction of onion, tomato, cumin and garlic) are washed down with organic coffee by true morning-sustenance connoisseurs. Whatever you order, sprinkle a bit of the punch-packing Wai Ya organic Amazonian pepper in it.

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    Sant Just

    This wonderful French-owned cafe serves a daily changing menu of Colombian-leaning French fare. Whatever the kitchen makes that day – fresh juices, sustainably caught seafood, wonderful lamb served alongside previously out-of-favor veggies such as cubio (an Andean root) – it nails it, both in presentation and in the comfort-food stakes. Expect a wait.

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    Agave Azul

    This outstanding restaurant is a trip, both literally and figuratively, through truly authentic Mexican cuisine by way of Chicago, New York and Oaxaca. Chef Tatiana Navarro has no set menu – just a daily open-ended tasting menu – and no sign. Agave Azul is hidden inside a residential La Macarena home, offering a handful of tables and highly personalized service. Advance reservations essential. Once you're inside, a culinary coup awaits: possibilities include slow-braised Jalisco short ribs with chile ancho, habanero-laced ceviche with passionfruit reduction or mini carnitas sandwiches with chicharones (pork cracklings). Even the simple things (guacamole) are done well, and there's always a surprise among the seven courses. Chase the meal with outstanding chipotle margaritas – surely Colombia's best – and you've reached nirvana cocina mexicana.

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    Rafael

    Bogotano foodies and chefs are nearly unanimous in calling Peruvian Chef Rafael Osterling's creative homegrown cuisine some of city's most consistently innovative. The contemporary space melds cold aesthetics like concrete ceilings with a warm and intimate garden; and the food leaves no one unsatisfied. Favorites like sticky duck rice braised in black beer or a crunchy cochinillo (suckling pig) are staples on the ever-changing menu, but leave room for dessert. Osterling's creative take on the traditional suspiro de limeña (layered meringue and dulce de leche; in this case with soursop, raspberry and port meringue) is a fitting end to a dazzling travel meal, especially if Peru isn't in your travel plans.

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    Cantina y Punto

    From Michelin-starred Mexican chef Roberto Ruíz (of Punto MX fame), this high-end destination for comida mexicana is not to be missed: dig into fiery and tangy fresh salsas and guacamole served in a traditional molcajete (a stone mortar) while agonizing over the menu: cochinita pibil or brisket tacos? Habanero, ancho and pasilla-chili braised pork shank or a blessed pork confit? Of course, there's a wealth of tequilas and mezcals to keep the mood festive and the beautiful space, a rustic-chic collision of hardwood, unpolished steel and exposed brick lit by massive hanging light bulbs over the sociable bar, is easy on the eyes as well.

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    Arbol de Pan

    You'll feel like your sweet nighttime dreams have extended into breakfast at this all-natural bakery and pastry shop that pumps out an array of just-baked breads and a slew of delectable pastries, including superflaky almond croissants. There's also heartier breakfast fare (COP$9000 to COP$15,000), such as prosciutto-wrapped asparagus and that old hipster standby: avocado and poached egg on toast. The sunlit patio is perfect for lingering in the aroma of baked goodness from the open kitchen.

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    Restaurante Sardo

    The restaurant formerly known as Trattoria Nuraghe isn't as well located as its past incarnation, but its new digs are a step up in ambiance and interior design. Either way, it features absolutely excellent home-style Italian served up by real-deal Sardinians. This place is perfect for a long and leisurely wine-fueled lunch, especially on Sundays, when it's one of the few great choices open. Real-deal Sardinian dishes such as malloreddus alla campidanese (shell-like pasta with Italian-style chorizo and pecorino), spaghettino Arselle e bottarga (pasta with clams, garlic, parsley and bottarga) and ravioli di maialetto (pork roast ravioli) are the way to go. It's hidden away inside a shopping court that from the outside appears to be little more than an OMA coffee shop.

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    Restaurante de la Escuela Taller

    This great lunch hot spot is tucked away inside a culinary (among other skills) workshop for disadvantaged youth and feels like a find. Dining here in the sunlit courtyard supports student efforts, who not only run the kitchen, but have carved the restaurant's wooden furniture as well. Modern, fairly sophisticated takes on traditional Colombian recipes fill the menu. The excellent, award-winning ajiaco (COP$19,000) is hard to beat, but there are daily changing lunch specials (COP$13,500), panela -barbequed pork ribs, grilled tilapia with tamarind sauce and a whole lot more, which can be washed down with panela lemonade and enjoyed alongside native potato chips and spicy ají, which arrive table side for free.

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    Mesa Franca

    Colombian chef Iván Cadena evokes the come-one, come-all banquet-style of his Araucanian farm upbringing at this hot Bogotá newcomer, a beautiful example of both the Bogotá and, more specifically, Chapinero Alto, food evolution. Churning out delectable farm-to-table small plates inside a hip converted mansion (the kitchen sits in the former garage), ingredients procured direct from local producers seize the spotlight: Cundinamarcan goat cheese with sweet criolla -style apple and sourdough crumble, Santa Rosa chorizo agnolotti with hogao confit emulsion etc. Dishes are designed to share and the English-Polish mixologist knows his cocktails – making this an easy spot to call it a night.

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    Central Cevicheria

    This large, high-concept cevicheria is insanely popular with the upscale Bogotá set. Choose your fish (octopus, shrimp, mixed seafood etc), then add one of a dozen sauces split into spicy and nonspicy categories, of which there are more than 10 inventive offerings. Reservations recommended. A favorite sauce is the kick-laced picoso, swimming in two peppers, cilantro and fresh corn. But it doesn't stop there: there are numerous tiraditos (long-cut ceviches without onions), tartares, fresh seafood main dishes and good Latin cocktails (COP$22,800). It's Colombian coastal cuisine on overdrive. Save room for the deliciously dense coconut flan.

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    La Puerta Falsa

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Maybe that’s why, after two centuries, the 'False Door' is still successfully knocking out the same one-page menu, dominated by two epoch-spanning snacks: tamales, and the practically sacred chucula y almojábanas, a simple plate of sweet bread and soft cheese accompanied by a cup of steaming hot chocolate. The punters obviously like it. On an average morning you’ll have to wait patiently for a table outside this diminutive two-story cafe–pastry shop just off the Plaza de Bolívar. Inside, pull up a small stool at an even smaller table and partake in a tasty piece of Bogotá history.

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    De Una Travel Bar

    With a menu written on a suitcase hung on the door and well-thumbed travel books scattered within, it's no surprise that this cafe is a travelers' favorite. The diminutive space has an open prep area that rustles up a pleasant sampling of South American food, supported by cold beer, fine cocktails and outstanding service. The lomo saltado (steak stir-fry), pisco sours and ceviche will have Andean veterans pining for Peru, though you'll quickly be snapped back to Colombian reality with BBC beer, empanadas and homemade tres leches cake. There’s an abundance of vegetarian options, too.

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    Madre

    You'd never notice this hip pizzeria and bar from the street – it's tucked away within an unassuming shopping plaza that does little to catch anyone's attention. Madre will grab yours, however, if you venture into its industrial-artsy environs flush with dilapidated exposed brick, jungly exotic plants, hanging birdcages and contemporary street art. Good brick-oven pizza and cocktails (COP$28,000) are slung to a bohemian crowd in the know, accompanied by cool tunes set just loud enough to get your knees bouncing. On Sundays when the shopping plaza is closed, security will open the gate for you.

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    Salvo Patria

    This Chapinero Alto stalwart of coolness and quality helped pioneer Bogotá's now well-established farm-to-table food scene (local producers are listed on a chalkboard at the entrance). It's one part very serious coffeehouse (the bogotano owner honed his barista skills in Australia, so even Australians don't complain about the coffee!), and one part bar-restaurant dishing up sophisticated Mediterranean-French bistro fare to artsy hipsters in the know. Great cocktails, rarer Colombian craft beer and great-value menú del día (from COP$22,000).

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    Insurgentes Taco Bar

    Occupying a former Chapinero Alto mansion now split between two restaurants, hip newcomer Insurgentes is a high-design, good-time taco bar that draws a cool and artsy crowd chasing excellent and fairly priced carnitas, al pastor and fish tacos with micheladas and mezcal. The space itself is gorgeous as well, a gaggle of exposed brick and unfinished concrete plastered with pop-art installations.